We are delighted to announce that Bella Hardy has agreed to be an Ambassador for High Peak Community Arts. We feel she will be a fantastic role model for young people in the High Peak. interested in music and the arts.
Bella Hardy is a contemporary musician, singer and songwriter from Edale in Derbyshire, UK, who performs a combination of traditional and self-penned material. She was named Folk Singer of the Year at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, having previously won the award for Best Original Song in 2012 for “The Herring Girl”.
At age 13, Bella began performing at UK festivals, and in 2004 reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Award, having taught herself to fiddle-sing. Following a BA in English Literature and a Masters degree in Music, Bella released her debut album Night Visiting in 2007. Since then, she has released seven solo albums and a number of collaborative CDs, been nominated for five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and America’s Folk Alliance Best International Album Award, toured support for grammy award winner Mary Chapin Carpenter, been selected as an official showcase artist for WOMEX, appeared across national radio and television in the UK, and toured around the world.